A baby’s first visit to the dentist isn’t just the exam, cleaning and fluoride application. It’s also for the parents to get a crash course in preventing cavities.
Using fluoride toothpaste on babies, even as teeth are first appearing, is key to stopping cavities from forming, researchers say. Do you know the latest recommendations for preventing tooth decay in your children as their teeth come in, and fall out? Find practical tips to using fluoride safely to keep their teeth strong.
Gum disease – or gingivitis – has been called the fifth complication of diabetes behind heart, nerve, kidney and eye disease. Gingivitis is simply the inflammation of the gums around your teeth caused by plaque buildup.
Do you need dentures? Deciding on and getting dentures can be a complicated, long process. Much depends on the current state of your teeth, so it’s a decision best made in consultation with your dentist. But, there are things you should know about opting for dentures before you make your choice. “Getting and caring for … Read More
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You probably don’t give much thought to a filling once it’s been placed in your tooth. But there are some who question the safety of silver fillings, also known as dental amalgam. Currently, there are millions of amalgam dental fillings in use, and they continue to be placed in dental schools, clinics and hospitals all … Read More
Ever find yourself staring at all the colorful boxes of toothpaste on a store shelf wondering which one is best for you? Well, here are some tips to help you make better-informed toothpaste decisions. When you’re looking for a toothpaste, you’ll find they make various claims about cavity protection, gingivitis, plaque, sensitivity, tartar, whitening and … Read More
Every day, we do things that can damage our teeth. So, we asked dental expert Hadie Rifai, DDS, to advise us. What should we avoid? What day-to-day habits do we need to change to protect our teeth throughout the day? Not surprisingly, there are foods and drinks that pose some of the biggest threats to … Read More
With endorsements coming from celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, you might find it tempting to try oil-pulling – an Indian folk practice that is the latest homeopathic craze. Oil-pulling is swishing a teaspoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes every day, then spitting it out. The traditional oil to use is sesame. But many … Read More
Plenty of dental problems develop silently. People may not realize how conditions can eventually result when their dental and pain issues go undiagnosed. This can include conditions affecting the joint between your lower jaw and your skull (known as the temporomandibular joint or TMJ), those that affect the muscles that move your lower jaw, and/or … Read More
Contributor: Todd Coy, DMD, Section Head of Cleveland Clinic’s Dentistry Program Problems in your mouth are often temporary, like bad breath from spicy food or mouth sores and blisters from eating pizza topped with scalding hot cheese. While these are nothing to fret about, there are changes in your mouth that should cause concern. You … Read More